BPF-a Divided House?

MLA Emmanuel Mosahary ‘quits’ party

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Guwahati: Long-serving party worker and Tamulpur MLA Emmanual Mosahary on Sunday formally quitted the ruling Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) leaving the regional party a divided house right before the ensuing BTC election.

Mosahary said, “I am no more a member of the BPF. I, along with my supporters have formally left the BPF being dissatisfied with the form of favouritism adopted by the party top brasses. The dissidents, who were ousted earlier for engaging in anti-party activities are now welcomed back and accommodated at the party at the cost of genuine party workers.”   

Stating that he was yet to join any other political party, Mosahary said, “I was betrayed by the BPF three times earlier as a reward of my committed engagement and contribution to the party. This time I won’t give them a chance to abandon me again,” the MLA said.

Party insiders said that a sense of dissidence has been growing in the BPF ahead of the polls. There has been alleged rift amongst many of the senior leaders in the party in view of the possible allotment of candidature for the ensuing poll.

The veteran leader speculated that the ensuing BTC election will be a straight fight between the BPF versus BPF. He stressed, “BPF is now polarised. Party top brasses are now prioritising the newcomers. No one is now following the party guideline and manifesto. It (BPF) is completely a divided house now.’ He argued that the quitting of the BPF by the senior party workers will hamper the ensuing BTC election.   

The MLA added, ‘I will decide my further course of action after duly consulting with my supporters.’

With the term of the present BTC coming to end on April 27, Governor Jagdish Mukhi had to assume charge of the administration of the sixth schedule council. The election for 40 constituencies of the BTC – earlier scheduled for April 4 – could not be held due to the nationwide lockdown over coronavirus, which is in place since March 25.

Notably, the state BJP has also been demanding to hold the BTC election at the earliest. The BPF is a partner in the ruling BJP led government in Assam.